Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Get-RetentionPolicy cmdlet to retrieve the settings for retention policies.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax.

Get-RetentionPolicy [-Identity <MailboxPolicyIdParameter>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>]

This example returns all the properties of the retention policy RP Finance. The output is piped to the Format-List cmdlet to format the results as a list of properties.

Get-RetentionPolicy -Identity "RP Finance" | Format-List

A retention policy is associated with a group of retention policy tags that specify retention settings for items in a mailbox. A policy may contain one default policy tag to move items to an archive mailbox, one default policy tag to delete all items, one default policy tag to delete voicemail items, and multiple personal tags to move or delete items. A mailbox can have only one retention policy applied to it. The Get-RetentionPolicy cmdlet displays all policy settings associated with the specified policy.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Messaging records management" entry in the Messaging policy and compliance permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example,




The Identity parameter specifies the policy name.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.